The success of a drug-testing program is very dependent on the collection efforts in the units. The UPLs are responsible for the collection of samples and the ASAP Manager is responsible for ensuring quality performance by the UPLs. Quality begins with the selection of the UPL. UPLs must successfully graduate from the 40-hour ASAP UPL Certification training course. All UPLs must be certified by the USAG-Okinawa ASAP and provide a copy of Additional Duty Appointment orders.

UPL's are responsible for the following:

  • Assists in briefing new personnel regarding ASAP policies and services.
  • Administers the unit drug-testing program.
  • Informs the commander of the status of the ASAP and of trends in substance abuse in the unit.
  • Maintains liaison with the servicing ASAP.
  • Develops, coordinates, and delivers informed prevention, education training to the unit.


To attend the UPL Course on Okinawa, a soldier must meet the following criteria:

  • Unit Prevention Leader (UPL) should be of good character and possess sufficient skill, credibility, integrity, and maturity to carry out the highly sensitive duties as required by AR 600-85.
  • The soldier must be an E-5 or higher.
  • The soldier has had a required records/background check. Attach completed form with request for training. No record of alcohol or other drug related incidents have been discovered that will have a negative impact on this assignment.
  • The soldier is on appointment orders appointing him/her as a unit UPL or Alternate UPL. Attach appointment orders with request for training.


Military Drug Testing

Drug abuse is inconsistent with Army values and readiness. The Army’s drug testing policy is dependent on an aggressive and thorough urinalysis program requiring the honest participation of all Soldiers selected for testing, observers, and UPLs. It is imperative that those selected for testing provide a specimen in a controlled and secure environment.